J. C. Squire

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J. C. Squire (John Collings Squire) (2 April, 188420 December, 1958) was a British poet, writer, historian, and influential literary editor of the post-World War I period.


  • God heard the embattled nations sing and shout
    "Gott strafe England" and "God save the King!"
    God this, God that, and God the other thing –
    "Good God!" said God, "I've got my work cut out!"
  • From Epigrams (1916)
  • It did not last: the devil, shouting "Ho.
    Let Einstein be," restored the status quo.
    • "In Continuation of Pope on Newton", from Poems (1926)
    • Written in response to Alexander Pope's "Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night; God said 'Let Newton be' and all was light."
  • The better production of our generation has been mainly lyrical and it has been widely diffused.
    • Selections from Modern Poets, Complete Edition (1927), p.vi
  • And I've swallowed, I grant, a beer of lot -
    But I'm not so think as you drunk I am.
    • Ballade of Soporific Absorption (1931).
  • Now there once was a lass, and a very pretty lass,
    And she was an isotope's daughter
    • Poem The Lass o' the Lab - A Modern Folksong
  • At last incapable of further harm,
    The lewd forefathers of the village sleep.
    • Poem If Gray had had to write his Elegy in the Cemetery of Spoon River instead of in that of Stoke Poges

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